Gavel Grab

Editorial Decries Court’s Denial of Gitmo Detainees’ Appeals

A New York Times editorial decried the Supreme Court’s recent refusal (see Gavel Grab) to hear appeals from seven foreign nationals challenging their detention at Guantánamo Bay.

“With no dissents in the denials, it is devastatingly clear that the Roberts court has no interest in ensuring meaningful habeas review for foreign prisoners,” the editorial declared.

With its 2008 ruling in Boumediene v. Bush, the high court ruled that terror suspects held at Guantánamo Bay may challenge their detention in U.S. courts.

Over four years, however, the justices “have left it to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to devise rules for the Guantánamo habeas cases,” the editorial protested, and the lower court has set rules  ”that are unjustly one-sided in favor of the government.” To learn more about the appeals court’s record, see this Gavel Grab post.

“In refusing to correct the appeals court’s misguided rulings,” the editorial said, “the justices fail to support important principles proclaimed in Boumediene and diminish their own authority.”

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